The Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health program at Hofstra University has received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Accreditation is an important public recognition that Hofstra’s program meets the highest standards of training set by the profession.
The program previously earned the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accreditation in 2012, and is now one of the first programs in the country to have dual accreditation by CORE and CACREP.
The MSEd program is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as both a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor as well as a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. It is a clinically-focused experience aimed at building the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help people with disabilities achieve personal, social and vocational independence in an increasingly diverse society, and features specialty courses that prepare students to work in mental health and other specialized settings.
“Students graduating from this program are highly marketable with 80% employed prior to graduation,” said Jamie Mitus, PhD, associate professor and director of graduate rehabilitation counseling programs at the School of Health Professions and Human Services. “The training is comprehensive and based on a holistic foundation that incorporates the psychological, sociopolitical, economic, and medical models of disability and mental health. In turn students are qualified to work at all levels within the service delivery system, from the onset of a disability to the (re)integration back to work and independent living.”
The department also has a designated practicum and internship coordinator who helps match students to vetted placements in the community. In addition, the Saltzman Community Services Center includes an on-campus clinic where graduate students gain valuable experience by applying their knowledge and skills in a clinically supervised practicum setting.
Hofstra’s MSEd in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health can be completed in two-and-a-half years of full study or within five years for part-time students. A bachelor’s degree, preferably with some coursework in behavioral psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics or personality theory, is among the admission requirements for the program. For more information, contact Dr. Mitus.